That’s what Digitimes is reporting this morning. They have inside sources that have claimed that Amazon will have trouble getting people to buy its tablet.
The sources also pointed out that Amazon may run a risk by releasing a 7-inch tablet when 10-inch models have mostly outperformed 7-inch competition over the past six months. In addition, the price cut strategy that Amazon uses has been gradually impaired by other low-priced models, such as the US$249 Nook Color and the US$199 IdeaPad A1, they said. It remains to be seen whether Amazon can replicate its e-book reader success in the tablet market, they said.
Now, I prefer to ignore rumors (when I’m not talking about how ridiculous they are), but today’s rumor is something else.
Back before the Kindle Tablet was shown to TechCrunch, it had been repeatedly hailed as a guaranteed success, with reports that Amazon would ship 700k units a month and/or 1 million tablets in Q4 (yes, I know the numbers don’t add up). Now that there is some credible evidence that it exists, all of a sudden the Kindle tablet is going to fail.
I, for one, am deeply amused that a tablet can be both a success and a failure not only before it ships but also long before it has been seen in public. Seriously, the AmTab has been seen by exactly one tech blogger.
My point, folks, is that nothing said about the AmTab – aside from the one report from TechCrunch – can be relied upon. There is a good of a chance that whoever first reported on the rumor was simply blowing smoke. Just think about all the supposed release dates (August, September, October, next year). How many of those have come true?